When running the following code (in Python 2.7.1 on a mac with Mac OS X 10.7)
while True: return False
I get the following error
SyntaxError: 'return' outside function
I've carefully checked for errant tabs and/or spaces. I can confirm that the code fails with the above error when I use the recommended 4 spaces of indentation. This behavior also happens when the return is placed inside of other control statements (e.g. if, for, etc.).
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
The return statement only makes sense inside functions:
def foo(): while True: return False
quit() in this context.
break expects to be inside a loop, and
return expects to be inside a function.